COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican Athletic Department announced Amy Bambenek as the new head coach of the volleyball program on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
Bambenek has 22 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience and comes to Ohio Dominican after spending the past 11 seasons as the head coach for The University of North Carolina Wilmington. During her time with the Seahawks, Bambenek posted a 165-161 overall record and ranks second on the program's all-time wins list.
"I cannot even put into words how excited I am to bring my passion for the game back to my home state! I need to thank UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass for his support and trust in me the past 11 years at the helm," stated Bambenek. "I am a better person and coach because of my time and experience in directing the Seahawk indoor & beach program while creating lifelong friendships in North Carolina."
Since the start of the 2009 season, UNCW had five winning seasons, including three consecutive 20-plus win campaigns from 2013 through 2015. In 2015, Bambenek led the program to its most wins in a season (24) since 1988, the most victories in conference play (12), the most all-conference performers (5), and the program's first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament championship and NCAA Division I National Tournament appearance. The 2015 squad also defeated the University of North Carolina for the first time en route to a 2-1 record against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents.
Overall, Bambenek coached 13 all-CAA performers at UNCW, as well as five all-rookie CAA award winners. She had two all-region honorees and the 2018-19 team posted a 3.8 grade-point average, marking the 11th straight year with a team GPA above 3.0.
Off the court, the team accumulated over 200 community service hours annually. Bambenek also played a vital role in fundraising $180,000 for locker room renovations and $5,000 annually through the Seahawk Starz middle school clinics.
Bambenek was also UNCW's head beach volleyball coach from July 2015 through the 2019 season. In the program's first four seasons of play, Bambenek led the Seahawks to a 43-60 record.
"I would like to thank Jeff Blair, Sandy Rowley and the entire ODU search committee for believing in me and the vision I have for the program," added Bambenek. "I look forward to creating relationships at ODU and ensuring a meaningful college experience for the Panther volleyball student-athletes."
Prior to taking over the program at UNCW, Bambenek spent eight seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at George Washington University. There she played a key role in the development of the Colonials' program in the nation's capital. During her time with GW, the team finished inside the top three in the CAA five times, including her final fall in 2008, where the Colonials won the CAA East regular season title.
Bambenek's coaching career began at Florida State University, where she spent three seasons from 1998 through 2000. The Seminoles won the 1998 ACC Tournament championship to qualify for the NCAA National Tournament. Florida State was 53-46 over her three years on campus, including a pair of 20-win seasons. She would also earn her Masters of Science, Sport Administration degree from Florida State in 2000.
Bambenek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Business Management degree from Coastal Carolina in 1998, where she was a member of the volleyball program. As a student-athlete for the Chanticleers, she ranked eighth in program history in kills, was a part of the 1,000-kill club, and the 1996 squad won the Big South Conference and appeared in the NCAA National Tournament.
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